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> > I agree that a language solution would be nice, but I can't see one nor can I
> > see a real need for this. How common are such recursive functions?
> Often, if you write the evil code I do ;-)

I came across exactly this problem a few days ago, while writing a parser
for Scheme. I wanted to share some state (the string being parsed) between
two mutually recursive functions (one to parse an atom, one to parse a
list). This naturally led to wrapping up the two functions in an outer
function which was passed the string to parse.

Recursion is very common if you program in a functional style, and since
there's no construct in Lua, wrapping up functions in order to
use upvalues is a nice way to do implicit parameters. So I would imagine
this problem being quite common.

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